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The Great Chrysler Conspiracy. Part 17.

Another thought on the Chrysler business.This is a master class in PR and spin. The first mention of a Chrysler divestment came around four months ago, when DC released its Q3/06 results. We return to our views as blogged then.Here is an analogy. If you surrender to an anaesthetic in the honest-held belief that your arm is going to be amputated, and then awake to find that you’re only missing a finger, then how good are you going to feel?

DaimlerChrysler and Iran.

Here is an interesting little snippet of news from the ISNA agency in Tehran, which suggests that, far from exiting the Islamic Republic, DC is staying firm in the Iranian CV business, and is looking to develop a new truck product with its Iranian partner, Iran Khodro Diesel.With all the loose talk concerning and end to the Chrysler relationship – which, after all, is the primary reason the company has a NYSE listing and is therefore concerned about doing business with countries that upset GW Bush – does this point to

Boughey wins work for Typhoo Tea

NWF has announced that its grocery distribution arm, Boughey Distribution, has won a contract to provide logistics work for Typhoo Tea. The work at Boughey's Deeside depot will compensate for the loss of its HP Foods contract and will start from June 1.

Plan to stop damage to Tower Bridge

Transport for London has teamed up with the Metropolitan Police to stop LGV drivers causing potential damage to Tower Bridge. It says many of the culprits are foreign trucks.

RHA calls for increase to 40mph speed limit

The RHA has called for an increase in the "outdated" speed limit of 40mph for trucks on major trunk roads. Regional director for Scotland and Northern Ireland Phil Flanders says: "We believe an increase in the speed limit on high-grade major trunk roads is needed on grounds of safety and efficiency."

Iveco and Tata: No Decisions as Yet.

The seemingly on-off relationship between Tata Commercial Vehicles and Iveco – a potentially arranged marriage that could come about as a result of the alliance struck between Tata and Fiat - the respective owners of the two marques – is examined here.At one level, the much-trailed possibility of a Fiat-Tata LCV JV has now been confirmed. Fiat will build a Tata pick-up truck at its Cordoba, Argentina plant.

DC Mulls Sale of Chrysler to GM.

Is DaimlerChrysler considering the sale of Chrysler to GM? According to reports from Reuters, which, in turn refer to German press reports, conversations between the two are now ongoing.This is somewhat bizarre. Although GM has pulled itself back from a very real chance of bankruptcy, the fact remains that it is still in a parlous state.

Suckling faces tanker strike

Conoco contractor Suckling Transport has defended its right to offer drivers different terms and conditions to other distributors for the oil company.The haulier could face strike action as the TGWU is balloting around 50 key oil tanker drivers in their campaign for parity with other drivers who deliver Conoco fuels.Suckling Transport managing director Peter Larner defends the firm's position: "It's not unusual for suppliers to the same customer to offer their e

Add to the debate on longer, heavier trucks

Operators with an interest in the use of longer, heavier vehicles (LHVs) are being encouraged to complete an online questionnaire on the subject.The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and the Logistics Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University are currently undertaking a study for the Department for Transport on the potential role of longer and/or heavier vehicles in the UK

DHL is pioneer in green reporting

DHL is the first company in the UK to complete a sustainability report on its operations using guidelines for the logistics and transport sector set out by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). A DHL spokesperson explains: "It is best practice to use this kind of reporting guideline since it ensures consistency in the data published by similar companies and provides the user with access to comparable data." Companies that use this kind of guideline meet a minimum standard in transparent reporting and are able to produce a report that is a balanced and fair representation of t